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Expanding Community Benefits Agreements to Events

Shelterforce spoke with Race Forward’s Leslie Grant-Spann to find out what it means to have a community benefits agreement for an event, and why it’s important to think about the local impacts of large events.

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Community Development Field

On Optimism and Space: The Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference

Before 2016’s first presidential debate plunged into birtherism and beauty pageants and Donald Trump ran into a wall of his own making, the Republican nominee produced a few exclamatory lines […]

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Engaging Banks–And Fighting Them at the Same Time

John Taylor, the President of the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC), proudly told me that NCRC’s Annual Conference is among the most diverse gatherings of individuals across the country that […]


Getting Together–Using National Gatherings to Learn from Each Other

Given our national economic climate and the growing recognition of collaborative, place-based and culturally grounded approaches, it is only fitting then that the theme of the National CAPACD 14th Annual […]

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Awardees Honored at NLIHC 2012

The National Low Income Housing Coalition gave out a number of  its annual awards this morning at its annual conference: Katy Reckdahl of the New Orleans Times-Picayune received the Media […]

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Four Kinds of Concentrated Areas of Poverty

In a fair housing workshop yesterday at the National Low Income Housing Coalition's annual conference Sara Pratt of HUD's Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity had an interesting break down of […]

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Fair Housing News from NLIHC 2012

The much-anticipated new Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule is not yet out, and probably won't be available for comment for a few months, and HUD officials are keeping mum about […]


Partnership Potential: Land Banks and Community Land Trusts

In October 2011 a coalition of Philadelphia-based community, faith, and labor groups under the umbrella of the Campaign to Take Back Vacant Land, the Women’s Community Revitalization Project, and Shelterforce […]

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The Just City

Yesterday was the second of three, day-long symposia being held this year by the Ford Foundation to celebrate its 75h anniversary. This one, subtitled “A New Geography of Opportunity,” was […]

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Sustainability: Still a Novel Idea

I had an exchange with an acquaintance about a recent tweet we put out when we were covering the fourth annual summit of the National Alliance of Community Economic Development […]

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Not Just Affordable Housing, but Connections to Neighborhoods

Shelley Poticha, director of HUD’s Office of Sustainable Housing and Community Development, speaking at NACEDA’s annual summit, outlined two main grant programs in HUD’s Sustainable Communities Program and placed a […]

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Housing Advocacy Group Gets $5M Anonymous Donation

From the National Low Income Housing Coalition The National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) announced today that it had received an anonymous $5 million donation from a consortium of Coalition […]

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Viewing Housing Within a Context

Minnesota Representative Keith Ellison and Massachusetts Senator John Kerry were honored this week with the National Low Income Housing Coalition’s Edward W. Brooke III Housing Leadership Award. Kerry was not […]